Have you always wanted to make a difference to someone’s quality of life? Are you looking for a rewarding career that provides a great work environment with flexible hours? Well look no further than one of the largest growing sectors in the state for employment, disability!
Working in a sector where you get to make a difference in another person’s life is one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Aside from being a rewarding career option with lots of exciting challenges and opportunities there are also benefits such as:
- Variety: every day of support / work is going to be different.
- Work life balance: employment opportunities are across a 24 hour a day 7 day a week roster. This provides great flexibility to the worker.
- Challenge: as rewarding as the work is there are plenty of challenges and opportunities to problem solve and think creatively (there is plenty of training to support you in this). The rewards are fantastic and the skills developed will help bring out the best in you.
Some people with disabilities need assistance with everyday daily living tasks, some need assistance with accessing recreation and leisure and others with finding and maintaining employment. You can assist people with a disability in these areas and many more. This great diversity of jobs within the disability sector allows you to utilise your skills in a variety of settings with a variety of people.
People with disabilities have full and varied lives. Being a disability support worker is not just about helping people do the basics of living. It is about providing a service that puts the person first and at the centre of all support decisions and actions. Supporting them to be the best they can be on their terms.
What kind of jobs are there?
A personal care worker usually works in a person’s home, where they provide basic healthcare and domestic assistance for a person with a disability. Your role will be to assist the person to maintain an independent lifestyle on their terms. You will provide assistance with life skills like cooking, household maintenance, personal hygiene, mobility and exercise.
Community and Social Support
These roles engage with the person and support them to achieve life, recreation, employment and educational goals as outlined in each person’s individual support plan. You will be working out in the community and in people’s homes often autonomously.
These roles manage the workforce and resources that support people with disability to achieve their goals and aspirations, and to live in their community as they choose. In a Service Management position you will be committed to improving services delivered to people with disabilities and implementing change to contemporary practices to better serve people with disabilities.
Do I need any qualifications?
For all customer facing positions you will need a minimum CHC33015 Certificate III Individual Support (Disability). This is the industry standard and is a requirement for all new employees in the sector. Possible pathways on successful completion of the Certificate III include CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability and CHC43315 Certificate IV Mental Health.
Did you know Barkuma is also a Registered Training Organisation?
Barkuma Training is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID: 40010) of Barkuma Inc, a Not for Profit member based organisation providing services to People with Disabilities for over 50 years.
As a Registered Training Organisation embedded within the Disability sector we are uniquely placed to deliver nationally recognised qualifications for people who are seeking to gain employment in the disability sector, looking to develop their career or looking to engage within their community.
Our team is passionate about making a difference to the Disability and Community Services Sector through the delivery of relevant and up to date, high quality training. All of our trainers are well experienced in the sector, with many still active in support roles, which makes us one of South Australia’s leading RTOs for real world disability training.
Want more information?
For more information call Barkuma Training 08 8414 7100, email us at email@example.com or visit www.barkumatraining.com.au.